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NEC demos 8K over 5G at French Open

NEC Corporation, a tech giant from Japan, successfully transmitted 8K over 5G at the French Open in May this year. This demonstration was carried out in collaboration with France’s largest TV station, France Televisions, and an undisclosed group of 8K broadcasting equipment manufacturers.

The demonstration was made possible with NEC’s VC-8900 8K material transmission encoder, which utilises real-time video compression technologies. The encoder was used to transmit high-definition live 8K video of the tournament to DTH platform Fransat, Orange TV, 8K video monitors, 5G smartphones and tablets in the premises of the tournament.

“Building on the success of this initiative, NEC will further promote the realisation and expansion of next-generation broadcasting services using high-definition video in 2020 and beyond,” said Takeshi Inoue, general manager, Broadcast and Media Division, NEC Corporation.

While 8K is still facing adoption hurdles, 5G is gaining momentum in the broadcasting industry. In fact, the 5G demonstration at the French Open was not the first and only time the company experimented with 5G. In June this year, NEC Corporation collaborated with Samsung Electronics to accelerate the provision of 5G solutions to the global market.

“Markets have increasingly high expectations for the creation of new services using 5G,” said Atsuo Kawamura, executive vice-president and president of the Network Services Business Unit at NEC Corporation.

“NEC and Samsung are now working together to approach these advanced markets, and are confident that we can greatly enhance the capabilities that we planned to offer to customers through the provision of optimal 5G solutions.”

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